Legislative

Reflections on Elections

On Election Day last Tuesday I made the safest non-prediction prediction ever made when I wrote “The sun will come up tomorrow, and it will seem brighter for about half the population and darker for the other half.” In a sharply divided country, that was a pretty safe bet for the presidential election but most of the other results were mixed.

A few observations about last week’s elections.

The presidential race was (and still is) a mess. A week later President Trump still has not c...

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Voodoo and Potpourri

“My wife called down from upstairs with a question: ‘Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone’s got a voodoo doll of you and they’re stabbing you?’

Sounding concerned, I replied, ‘No….’

She responded, ‘How about now?’”

Ha! That’s pretty funny! Somebody sent this to me recently, and I had a good laugh.

Maybe it’s not all that funny, maybe I just needed to laugh, but it worked.

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Election Day is fi...

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Time to Repeal the Gallagher Amendment; Yes on Amendment B

Amendment B on your Colorado state ballot calls for the repeal of the Gallagher Amendment of 1982. The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and the other partners of the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance support Amendment B.

A ‘yes’ vote repeals the Gallagher Amendment from the state constitution. The amendment has locked residential and non-residential property assessment rates into the constitution. The repeal would allow the state legislature to freeze property tax assessment ra...

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“No” on Proposition 113 – National Popular Vote Compact

There is a movement to elect the President of the United States by popular vote. The result would be a small number of states and major urban areas controlling who is elected as president. Votes in places like Colorado would be meaningless.

The Fort Collins Chamber is recommending a NO vote on Colorado Proposition 113.

At the time the United States Constitution was being debated, a major point of contention was how the states could function collectively without the interests of the small s...

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“No” on Ballot Measure for Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Chamber is recommending a ‘no’ vote on State Proposition 118, Paid Family and Medical Leave. This would be a major new $1.3 billion state-run insurance benefit program.

Proposition 118:

Provides up to 12 – 16 weeks of paid time off would be provided to workers to care for a new baby, care of an adopted child, to care for a seriously ill relative, or to recover from an illness.
The program is not free; it would be paid for through a mandatory payroll tax. Both employers and e...

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The Fight for Business Goes On

The COVID-19 interrupted state legislative session recently concluded. With businesses damaged by the public health response to close the economy, our plea to the state legislature was “primum non nocere”, first do no harm. In their haste to foster social recovery, don’t pile new regulatory and financial burdens on businesses that finish them off or disincentivize them from hiring people.

In the end, it was a very tough session for business.

The area chambers and economic developers ...

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Resources for Members: Legislative Tracking, Coronavirus

Here are some timely resources.

First, with the state legislature underway, the Chamber’s state issues committee – the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance – is analyzing, tracking, and lobbying on bills. Click here for the NCLA 2020 bill tracker.

Second, the coronavirus is a big topic in the news. So far, the reports make it sound more like a bad flu season than anything to be unduly concerned about. The advice we are reading says to take the same personal precautions that you do ...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Resurfaces (Part 2)

Last week I wrote about the state legislature renewing consideration of a major new mandate on businesses in the form of paid family and medical leave.

Since then, the board of the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) has reviewed the draft and took the position of ‘opposed as now proposed.’

There’s a lot to unpack in the draft bill. While being soft-pedaled initially as only applying to companies with 20 or more employees and providing 8 weeks of leave, the bill would phase...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Resurfaces

As expected, the issue of paid leave for family and medical reasons is being discussed again this year in the state legislature, though no bill has been introduced.

Last year Senate Bill 19-188 called for the creation of a major state entitlement program. It would have been a state operated insurance program called the Family Medical Leave Insurance Program or FAMLI for short. The law would have required businesses and workers to pay into a state-run fund. As proposed, this would have been re...

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“What We Can’t Do Alone, We Can Do Together”

If you attended the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) Regional Issues Summit this morning at the Embassy Suites in Loveland you might agree the theme for the morning was: Collaboration.

And that would mostly be true. Speaker after speaker talked about how we work well as a business community and region to protect and advance the interests of Northern Colorado. But the tension was palpable between state administrative officials and area health care and energy development officials....

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